Green Business Certification for La Creperie French Café
written by Korlyn Bolster
The flagship is launched! The very first Florida Keys Green Business has arrived. Key West residents and visitors should be on the watch for these Florida Keys Green Business stickers on the fronts of local establishments. The tiers’ rank Bronze through Platinum.
La Crêperie French Café Key West is the very first restaurant to complete this process. It performed particularly well, earning the 2nd place tier, a shining silver badge in the program. The silver badge is now proudly displayed in their front window. From online form to confirmation, La Creperie French Café jumped up an additional tier for their original concepts and actions found in verification. One idea was to display wall posters and table toppers with great sustainability how to’s for home. Today the great city of Key West extends a tropically warm welcome to La Creperie French Café for their many efforts!
A Few Green Touch
At first glance, you would see a few green touches, as well as an elegant late century French influence to the authentic cuisine. The wine list is organic and biodynamic. Beverage glass is upcycled jelly and mason jars. The vases on tables once used for juice and wine reflect the sunlight with fresh filtered water. No straws line their glasses or the sidewalk cracks outside. Indigenous flowers and fragrant organic herbs were chosen to line Thomas St. Other thoughtful touches are noticeable just at first glance.Your card is never taken from sight. It is swiped right there at the table. Guests can use this same tablet, to choose to text or email their receipts. Electronically kept business receipts are sent where they are needed to be. Tips are also therefore processed in sight. So some guests don’t bother with a receipt at all, it is a great reassurance. These touches make service exceptionally more efficient (take it from someone who knows). Servers don’t have to double their steps to the register, guests don’t have to wait patiently for their cards or paper receipts, ever.
The badge is very informative because you don’t see is very important. Verified, all to-go cups, and even the straws are completely biodegradable products (which resemble plastics but) are made from plant materials. Regardless, you may be relieved to hear that straws and bags (particularly dangerous for aquatic sea life and birds) are only given to those who specifically ask for them.
Not only is this faster, it’s less wasteful. This saves the business on costs and paper every single day. The system assures the guests, there preferred tip was added accurately, as they processed it. The system makes business expense receipts easy to organize electronically for all parties. The savings on every one of these costs, come back to the customers and crew. Trees keep reaching the sky as they were born to do.
It’s exciting to hear about what is going on behind the scenes. Julie De Cook and her husband Laurent think through business practices and in a conch shell, they’ve got the swing of this. Evidence lines in the back. Weekly for Waste Management, La Creperie French Café has seven recycling bins and only two trash cans. Scraps from food preparations are used to feed the potager, a traditional kitchen garden.
Organic & Biodynamic wines
On the menu, 80% of their wine list is organic wines (natural wines). Julie has a talent for wine selection from both American and European regions. She sold wine with Laurent in France for many years, in fact, organic wine is how they first met. Organic soils growing old vines, with unsprayed organic grapes, represent the best selection available, no matter the region. As productive healthy vines naturally come from regions well suited to the variety grown in both climate and soil. It is interesting to see where they variety's growing best naturally, and who has the gusto for it. Today, only the most knowledgeable and skilled wine producers can make wine this way.
Promoting local 7 organic produce
When Julie opened her first cheese, delicatessen and wine shop, she was also involved in promoting local and organic produce. She favors fresh ingredients made from scratch. She consults locals to find regional and fair-trade products. After the hurricane, she is working to regrow her own new garden. She advocates most local foods, which take considerably less fuel in transport, and uses them whenever possible. Some of which are seasonally produced, and appear seasonally as food really used to do. That’s why their dishes are full of flavor. The restaurant uses, veggies from Fresh Point, Coleman’s organic chicken and turkey meat, and her favorite local product, Patrick at Grimal Grove’s great organic varieties of vegetables and exotic fruits, grown on Big Pine.
A Special Badge
The badge is very informative, because you don’t see is very important. Verified, all to-go cups and even the straws are completely biodegradable products (which resemble plastics but) are made from plant materials. Regardless, you may be relieved to hear that straws and bags (particularly dangerous for aquatic sea life and birds) are only given to those who specifically ask for them.
Plastic bags and styrofoam haven’t been in use in the country in which they met for many years, so they were understandably dismayed, “to see them in use here, around all the sea-life”.
300 Petronia Street - Key West, FL 33040
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